All teachers who work for and in association with Evolution Dance Academy have the experience and knowledge to be able to encourage and teach any dance students to the highest standard possible. Evolution Dance Academy also regularly have guest teachers from the industry come to visit their students to teach different forms of dance including Musical Theatre, street dance and contemporary.
chantelle Kite - PRINCIPAL
Chantelle Kite starting dance at two and a half years old, starting with ballet and tap and progressing to other styles of dance as time went on. Chantelle's passion in performance led her to learn to dance, sing and act, studying both at a local dance school and a local performing arts company.
Chantelle studied different dance syllabi through her childhood and teenage years. She took various dance exams and won musical theatre, and music awards throughout her education. Following completion of her A-Levels Chantelle went on to the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts to study Performing Arts. This provided her with great experience not only with dance but also with singing and acting. To those who are keen to enter into the professional world of Performing Arts it is key to be strong in all three disciplines and Chantelle's background makes it possible to provide her students with the information needed to progress into the professional world.
Following her time at Italia Conti, Chantelle went on to work professionally whilst also studying for a degree in 'Theatre' which she obtained through Guildford School Of Acting.
Having been involved in workshops with local performing and dance companies, Chantelle found great enjoyment being able to pass on all she had learnt to children and went on to study with the IDTA to become a qualified dance teacher.
In September 2010 Chantelle took on Edenbridge School Of Dance from Norma Lawrie-Hutchings (who runs Chance To Dance in Sevenoaks, Crawley and Devon) and expanded the dance school from just offering ballet to offering other forms of dance including tap, street dance, jazz and contemporary. Since then Musical Theatre has also been added to the syllabus. In September 2011 Chantelle then took on Scamps Dance from Norma Lawrie-Hutchings and expanded the ballet and tap classes to also include street dance and contemporary. Since then both dance schools have grown and Chantelle took the decision in July 2014 to join the two dance schools together to create Evolution Dance Academy! Chantelle is so happy to be able to share her knowledge with all the students that attend Evolution Dance Academy.
ZOE VALENTINE - TEACHER
Zoe started dancing from a young age and has had a love of dance ever since. Zoe chose to pursue her passion for Performing Arts and went on to pursue her career at Laine Theatre Arts.
Zoe went on to have a professional career performing both on the stage and television in productions such as The King & I, Bugsy Malone and Monty Python - The Meaning of Life.
Following her success, Zoe went on to qualify as a dance teacher and has associations with the IDTA, ISTD and RAD. Zoe has gained over 25 years of teaching experience with pupils having gained places at the Royal Ballet Company and English National Ballet and having performed on the West End stage and television.
Zoe's ambition is to become an adjudicator for Dance Festivals having been involved in competitions for several years. Zoe is going to be helping move EDA on to the Festival Circuit and we are excited to have her working with us!
rianna parchment - teacher
Rianna started ballet and tap classes at the age of 4, and went on to train in modern, jazz, street and contemporary dance. She then went on to study at Kingston University and graduated in 2014 with a Dance BA (Hons).
Rianna has performed in local performances and festivals from a young age and was also lucky enough to perform in the London 2012 Olympic ceremony. She has experience of working in dance schools across Surrey, Kent and West Sussex and is really enjoying teaching at Evolution Dance Academy!
amy cable - teacher
After competing as a gymnast at a young age, Amy started attending a local dance school at 13 years old. From school she went straight to Dance College 'Miskin Theatre' where she gained a National Diploma in Advance Dance. Amy has been teaching for 5 years and in that time is also qualified to teach Aerobics, Zumba and Kids Zumba.
"I love teaching street dance and I love seeing my pupils improve in their technique and confidence as a dancer. My favourite time of year is when I get to watch my pupils perform in our school dance show, this year being 'Sugar and Spice' and Chance to Dance. I hope to spend many more years with Evolution Dance Academy".
GEMMA KEEN - TEACHER
Gemma started dancing at the age of 3 and ever since then has always had a love and passion for dance. She decided to pursue that passion and chose dance as one of her options for A Levels.
Gemma then continued and studied dance and performing arts at The Centre Performing Arts College for 3 years where she gained a Diploma in dance and performing arts as well as DDI teaching qualifications in.
Gemma very much enjoys teaching dance to children but also still like to participate in dancing doing some part-time performing as a cheerleader/cheerdance for Crystal Palace FC and also with agencies performing at rugby events etc.
Gemma is excited to be joining the expanding team at Evolution Dance Academy and is looking forward to the new experience.